Nigeria Police Parade 10 Suspects, Recover Cars and Weapons in Abuja Crime Crackdown

FCT Police Command arrests 12 suspects, including 9 "one chance" syndicate members and 2 car theft suspects, in Abuja. The police recover 6 cars, weapons, and stolen cash, and vow to investigate the murder of a Federal Inland Revenue Service staff member.

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Nigeria Police Parade 10 Suspects, Recover Cars and Weapons in Abuja Crime Crackdown

Nigeria Police Parade 10 Suspects, Recover Cars and Weapons in Abuja Crime Crackdown

On Monday, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command paraded 12 suspected criminals, including 10 suspects arrested for various crimes across Abuja, Nigeria's capital city. The crackdown, led by Commissioner of Police Benneth Igwe, aimed to combat the rising criminal activities in the territory.

Why this matters: The successful crackdown on criminal activities in Abuja demonstrates the Nigerian police's commitment to addressing the country's growing crime problem, which has significant implications for national security and citizen safety. Effective law enforcement efforts can help restore public trust and confidence in the government's ability to maintain order and protect its citizens.

Nine of the suspects were identified as members of a notorious "one chance" syndicate, causing chaos and robbing unsuspecting victims in the FCT. On April 7, 2024, police operatives from Maitama Division swiftly responded to a distress call and apprehended four suspects - Hamza Ibrahim, Mubarak Abubakar, Abubakar Suleiman, and Mohammed Lawal - after they abandoned their vehicle and attempted to flee the scene.

In another incident on April 15, 2024, following a report by victim Magaji Umar, police operatives arrested six suspects - Peter Fateh, Esther Peter, James Ogbuh, Kabiru Buba, and Kabir Abubakar - who had attacked and robbed Umar of N2,230,000. The police recovered the stolen cash along with various weapons from the suspects, including 2 locally made cartridge rifles, 1 locally made pistol, 1 locally made rifle, 10 live cartridges, and 6 live ammunition.

The police also made significant progress in combating car theft, with operatives from Apo Legislative Quarters trailing and arresting two notorious car theft suspects, Anthony Chibuzor and Jonas Chikwe, in Lagos state. The suspects, who had been on the command's wanted list, were part of a syndicate terrorizing FCT and its environs. Three vehicles were recovered from them, some with altered chassis numbers, including a Toyota Camry, an Audi A4, and a Honda Accord Sports.

CP Benneth Igwe, addressing the media, stated, "These individuals are members of a notorious car theft syndicate that has been causing havoc in FCT and its surrounding areas." He assured that the suspects, having confessed to their crimes, would be charged to court soon. In total, the police recovered 6 cars, including a black Toyota Corolla, a Golf 3 Salon car, and a silver Toyota Camry, in addition to the vehicles seized from the car theft syndicate.

In a related development, CP Igwe also vowed to investigate the death of Khalid Bichi, a staff member of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), who was shot dead by unknown assailants in the Maitama area of Abuja on Friday night. "The Commissioner of Police FCT command CP Benneth C. Igweh, psc, mni, has promptly ordered a thorough and discreet investigation into the circumstances surrounding this regrettable event," stated SP Josephine Adeh, FCT Police Public Relations Officer.

The FCT Police Command's recent crackdown on criminal activities and the recovery of stolen vehicles, weapons, and cash demonstrate their commitment to enhancing the security landscape in the nation's capital. As investigations continue into the murder of Khalid Bichi and the prosecution of the apprehended suspects, residents hope for a safer and more secure environment in Abuja.

Key Takeaways

  • FCT Police Command arrests 12 suspected criminals in Abuja.
  • 9 suspects are part of a "one chance" syndicate, robbing victims in FCT.
  • 2 car theft suspects are arrested, with 3 recovered vehicles.
  • Police recover 6 cars, weapons, and N2,230,000 in stolen cash.
  • CP Benneth Igwe vows to investigate the murder of Khalid Bichi.